Visit New Mexico, the 47th state, and it's easy to see why it's nicknamed "The Land of Enchantment." American Pueblo Indian culture remains alive and well here. The beautiful Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities on the continent, draws artists and photographers year-round.
Part of New Mexico's charm lies in its cultural mix, and evidence of its Mexican and American Indian heritage can be seen nearly everywhere you look.
Bosque del Apache
October in Albuquerque means one thing: the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, when the skies above New Mexico's biggest city fill with hundreds of colorful, whimsical hot air balloons.
Red Rock Balloon Rally Gallup
Brazos fall color
Enchilada Platter with Sour Cream
Rolling white gypsum sand dunes dominate the landscape of White Sands National Monument, a surreal destination located between Alamogordo and Las Cruces.
Shiprock, New Mexico
Old Town Luminarias
Mountain biking in the aspens in the Santa Fe National Forest
Gathering of Nations
Cumbres & Toltec
Numerous artists call the village of Galisteo, near Santa Fe, home. The creative bent of the community can be seen in the colorful collection of mailboxes that line the road.
For a slice of Americana in New Mexico, head to Gallup, where the stretch of Route 66 passing through New Mexico is still lined with historic neon signs, motor court motels and classic diners.
With 300 days of sunshine per year, New Mexico is a great place to tee off no matter the season. Throughout the state, golfers will find mountain, desert and links courses with stunning scenery.
The Santa Fe Opera, considered to be one of the best in the country, enjoys a summer season running from late June through late August.